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Pod Squad: Why We Should Stop Punishing Drug Users April Estrellon/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Why We Should Stop Punishing Drug Users

The leader of a national drug policy group talks about recreational marijuana and criminal justice reform.

Pod Squad: House Speaker Talks About Disaster Relief For Counties Courtesy James Gonser

Pod Squad: House Speaker Talks About Disaster Relief For Counties

The Pod Squad goes to the Capitol between legislative sessions to catch up with Scott Saiki.

Hawaii Civics 101: Neighborhood Boards

Hawaii Civics 101: Neighborhood Boards

Have a problem with something in your neighborhood? Here’s how your neighborhood board can help.

Hawaii Civics 101: Independent Candidates

Hawaii Civics 101: Independent Candidates

Why is is so hard to run — and win — as an independent in Hawaii?

Pod Squad: Why Kim Coco Iwamoto Is Running For LG Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Why Kim Coco Iwamoto Is Running For LG

The only candidate in the Democratic field who isn’t an elected official says she doesn’t see the post as a stepping stone to higher office.

Hawaii Civics 101: Lieutenant Governor Agatha Danglapin

Hawaii Civics 101: Lieutenant Governor

The lieutenant governor is the second highest position in the Aloha State. But what does the LG do?

New! Hawaii Civics 101: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

New! Hawaii Civics 101: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

This explainer video on OHA kicks off our new series aimed at helping you understand politics, government and democracy in the Aloha State.

On Campus: Here’s What Happens When Kids Do The Podcast Cory Lum/Civil Beat

On Campus: Here’s What Happens When Kids Do The Podcast

Pomaikai Elementary students report from inside their Maui school.

On Campus: A Culture of Collaboration Cory Lum/Civil Beat

On Campus: A Culture of Collaboration

Civil Beat visits Pomaikai Elementary, an arts integration school on Maui, to see why Kamalani Academy’s founders used it as a model for their charter school.

Pod Squad: What’s Next For Medical Aid In Dying? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: What’s Next For Medical Aid In Dying?

Now that Hawaii has become the seventh state to pass the law, an education campaign is underway.